HYPER-5G: developing improved positioning systems

The project is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), under the Navigation Innovation and Support Program (NAVISP)

Precise positioning will undergo exponential growth with the advent of autonomous vehicles, drones, robots and the technological development of smart devices, cities and industries. The transition from the professional to the consumer sphere will necessarily lead to the demand for precise positioning capabilities in both outdoor and indoor, open-sky and urban areas.

Politecnico di Milano is participating in the project HYPER-5G, HYbrid Positioning Engine Running on 5G and GNSS, funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), under the Navigation Innovation and Support Program (NAVISP).

The HYPER-5G project aims at studying, designing and developing the algorithms and systems needed to implement a precise positioning engine to jointly use multi-constellation GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and 5G observations, also exploiting GNSS PPP-RTK techniques.  

The project aims to merge GNSS, the state-of-the-art technology for positioning applications, and 5G, the new generation of cellular communication networks, for positioning purposes with the goal of overcoming the limits that individually characterize the two technologies and augmenting the overall performance.

The 5G-GNSS data fusion algorithm planned in HYPER-5G represents a solution for precise positioning scalable to an unlimited number of users with large-scale coverage.

The project consortium includes GRed, algoWatt and Politecnico di Milano, which brings in a multi-disciplinary team: 

  • IoTLab, an interdepartmental laboratory of the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering – DIG (Prof. Monica Nicoli) and the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering – DEIB (Prof. Mattia Brambilla), with expertise on 5G positioning.
  • Geolab, an interdepartmental laboratory of the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering – DICA, Aerospace Science and Technology – DAER, Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering – DABC, Electronics, Information and Bioengineering – DEIB, Energy – DENG, Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering – DIG, of which Prof. Ludovico Biagi (DICA) brings expertise on GNSS techniques. 

The research on 5G positioning is also supported by the collaboration with Vodafone Italia.

Cover image adapted from © ESA image